Graduate Diploma in Economics

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

Economics unlocks a unique way of thinking about our world. As a Graduate Diploma in Economics graduate, you’ll have the proven ability to problem-solve, weigh the costs and benefits of any given situation, and read people and their behavioural responses to a wide variety of scenarios.

As one of the highest-ranking and largest economics programs of its kind in the region, this specialist degree provides core training in theoretical and applied aspects of modern economics, econometrics and financial economics. These foundational proficiencies are paired with a policy-oriented and practical application to real world situations. You’ll also have the opportunity to specialise in elective units spanning international trade and economic development, finance, public economics, experimental economics, econometric modelling and industrial organisation.

This versatile skillset makes our graduates highly employable in careers spanning today’s dynamic workplace, from the finance industry through to government departments, the Reserve Bank, international agencies and not-for-profit organisations, to marketing, product development and management consultancy roles.

Upon completion of the degree, you’ll gain entry into one of Australia’s most established and distinguished alumni communities in the field. Some of our Economics graduates have gone on to hold leading positions in the profession, with alumni including Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Glenn Stevens, Chairman of APRA, John Laker and Nobel Laureate in Economics, John Harsanyi.

This program provides comprehensive training in Economics for both those pursuing a career as a professional economist in the public or private sector, as well as for established professionals looking to up skill for career advancement.

Please note: The units of study listed below are subject to change and are to be used as a guide only.

Units of study

For an up-to-date list of units of study for this degree, please refer to the online postgraduate handbook.

Full units of study list

Further course information

Study plan

To be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Economics, students must successfully complete a total of eight units of study (48 credit points), comprising:

- three core foundational units of study (18 credit points)
- five elective units of study (30 credit points)

Graduate opportunities

Many of our recent graduates have gone on to hold senior positions in Treasury, the Reserve Bank and other policy departments across federal and state governments, as well as in international financial agencies, markets and institutions. Our graduates have taken on leading roles in the corporate world and key positions in the not-for-profit sector. You can join them.

Admission

Admission requirements

A bachelor’s degree, graduate diploma, graduate certificate or equivalent from a recognised tertiary institution (at a standard acceptable to the Faculty).

This is a pathway to the Master of Economics for students who do not have a Credit average in their undergraduate degree. Students who gain a Credit average in the first half of the Graduate Diploma in Economics are able to transfer to the Master of Economics. It is also a recognized qualification in its own right.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Australian citizens, permanent residents, New Zealand citizens, and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, apply through UAC - click on the 'Apply now' icon on this page to proceed with your application.

Please note: not all courses are offered in the July semester intake.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply:
(i) directly to the University via the International Office. Further information on applications and English language requirements and support services for international students is available on the International Office website; or

(ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Note: International students are required to enrol on a full-time basis.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Diploma in Economics.

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Diploma in Economics.

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.